Bastille are back and prepping the release of a new sci-fi inspired album titled Give Me The Future.
To be shared with the public February 4, 2022, the 13-track record is the band's fourth studio effort and is the follow-up to their 2019 project, Doom Days. The new album is described as being “a tribute to humanity in a tech age and reflects on the strangeness of living through times that can feel like science fiction.”
Exploring both the boons of new technology and the darker side of living a digital life, the idea for the album was conceived before the COVID-19 pandemic but took on a new life during lockdown, according to frontman Dan Smith.
“Working on these songs in such an apocalyptic period, with everyone stuck at home, glued to screens, fed into the feeling that what is real and what is not has become pretty difficult to discern sometimes,” Smith said in a press release. “We’re in the age of deep fake, fake news and lying world leaders. But online, you can be anyone. What that does to our sense of self and to our relationships is huge and it’s fascinating.”
Guests on the record include actor Riz Ahmed on a spoken word track and singer BIM. Additionally, the record features the influence of hitmaker Ryan Tedder as a "sounding board" and executive producer, while legendary songwriter Rami Yacoub (Britney Spears’ "…Baby One More Time." Lady Gaga’s Chromatica) has co-writing credits on three tracks.
Alongside the announcement, Bastille have shared a new single, "No Bad Days." Its drop follows the release of recent singles "Distorted Light Beam," "Thelma + Louise," and Give Me The Future's title track.
Even more, the new track has been released alongside a futuristic music video chock full of Metropolis and Ex Machina vibes. The clip sees Smith play a mad scientist who uses technology to try and resurrect a loved one. The video marks Smith's directorial debut.
Smith said: “It’s really satisfying to have finally directed, and I’m really proud of the little film we made. I grew up with film as my main obsession, so this was a bit of a dream. I learned a sh--load and it was good to be challenged in a new way.”
Give Me The Future is now available for pre-order.
Watch "No Bad Days" below.
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